Marla Hamburg Kennedy

Founder of Hamburg Kennedy Photographs, HK Art Advisory, Picture This Publications, and Peach Editions, Marla Hamburg Kennedy is a leading dealer, advisor and  collector of 20th and 21st century photography, painting and sculpture. With over 35 years experience in the fields of contemporary art, photography, publishing, and e-commerce fine art sales, Ms. Hamburg Kennedy, previous to opening her own business in 2001, was the Vice President of the art e-commerce site,  Partner of Kennedy Boesky Gallery, and Director of the Howard Greenberg Gallery.

After earning degrees in Art History from Columbia University and completing graduate studies in photographic history at New York University, Ms. Hamburg Kennedy worked at prominent museums and art galleries in both New York and Los Angeles. (PS1, Galerie Lucio Amelio, Richard Green Gallery, Angles Gallery). In 1993 she directed the renown photography gallery of the West Coast - G. Ray Hawkins Gallery- and organized dozens of contemporary art and photographic exhibitions around the world, including one of the world's largest photographic exhibitions of images of Marilyn Monroe that toured Japan for two years. In recent years Ms Hamburg Kennedy curated a large scale exhibition from her own collection- Fashion Photography From T he 20th Century - exhibited at the Shinsegae Gallery in Seoul, South Korea.

Ms Hamburg Kennedy has spent decades building art collections for eminent private collectors and Fortune 500 corporations, including such companies as Litton Industries (Los Angeles), Bain and Company (New York/ Los Angeles), Artisan Entertainment (New York/ Los Angeles), United Talent Agency (Los Angeles) Relativity Media (Los Angeles). Additionally, she was instrumental in assembling the seminal Andy Warhol retrospective at the Museo di Capodimonte in Naples, Italy, and worked with Andy Warhol in producing one of his his last serigraph editions, Vesuvius.

Ms Hamburg Kennedy has published and authored over 25 photography books (several with accompanying traveling exhibitions) including: The Kiss: Photographic Images (Greystone 1993); The Nude/Nobuyoshi Araki (H20 Company, 1993); Wedding Days (H20 1994); Little Angels (DAP, 1996); Little Devils (DAP 1996); I Do (DAP 1997); Car Culture (Gibbs Smith, 1997); International Festival of Fashion Photography I (H20 Japan, 1999); Fashion Photography II (H20, 2001); Twin Towers: An Elegy (Picture This Pub, 2002), Variety: Photographs by Nan Goldin (Rizzoli 2006); Havana Libre: Photographs by Michael Dweck (Damiani 2012)
Her book, Looking at Los Angeles ( Metropolis/DAP 2005), co-edited with Ben Stiller sold out its edition run and received considerable accolades, including being nominated as the #1 best art book on  New York: A Photographer's City (pub Rizzoli 2011) produced in partnership with the designer Richard Pandiscio captured images of post 9-11 New York City as documented by contemporary photographers.   In 2014 she facilitated the production of the celebrated fashion photographer Ormond Gigli's first monograph, Ormond Gigli (Powerhouse 2014). She helped produce the book Lenny Kravitz (September 2014 pub Rizzoli) for which she wrote the Afterward. She has completed her second book on Los Angeles, with introduction by Ed Ruscha, Both Sides of Sunset: Photographs of Los Angeles (Metropolis/DAP Spring 2015), LIPSTICK FLAVOR: A Contemporary Art Story, co-edited with the curator Jérôme Sans (Damiani, Fall 2015) which culled together images of “lipstick” by some of the most important contemporary art photographers.  Her latest book project BROOKLYN NOW includes photographs of contemporary Brooklyn published by Rizzoli and released September 2018. In 2014 she launched Peach Editions, an in-house print publishing company and e-commerce platform for affordable fine art prints.  Other projects include a book and exhibition for Foster Care Counts in Los Angeles:  the Kids Collection, a collection of of images of children culled from  the most celebrated  photographers, with proceeds going to Foster Care Counts, an LA -based organization offering support for foster care kids and families nationwide. She has curates art for children at New York’s Ronald McDonald House and has donated art annually to scores of auctions both in New York and throughout the country.

Ms Hamburg Kennedy has homes in upstate New York and New York City and shares profits from her business with philanthropic organizations that are close to her heart: animal rescue, cancer awareness and research, AIDS research and foster care.


Partial List of Curated Shows and/or Publications

Group Exhibitions

  • Car Culture: A History of the Automobile in Photographs
  • Take the “A” Train – The NY Subway in the vision of 20th Century Photography
  • A Century in Times Square
  • American Color Photography of the 1970s: A Comprehensive Survey
  • The Knot: Arte Povera, at P.S 1, The Institute for Art and Urban Resources, NY
  • Andre Kertesz Masterworks
  • “Kissing,” the most comprehensive photo exhibition and accompanying book on the the kiss in photography, commenced in Japan and traveled the world at ten venues for two years
  • Contemporary Painting” – Leocosmo, Ltd., Japan
  • Art Night Life” – benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles, raising over $300M
  • “Terrae Motus,” exhibition and accompanying publication for Fondazione Amelio commemorating the 1981 earthquake in Naples Italy and including work by over 200 modern and contemporary masters coordinator for production of Vesuvius, by Andy Warhol, one of his last limited edution prints for an exhibition of the same title at the Museo di Capodimonte, Naples.
  • Marlene Dietrich a History of Vintage Photographs
  • Nobuyoshi Araki and the Nude
  • British Social Documentary Photograph 1930-1960
  • Marilyn Monroe – An Icon in Photography, one of the lartgest exhibitions of Monroe images ever
  • Wedding Days: Capturing the International Rite of Passage in Photography
  • Coenties Slip / NY 1950s: Rosenquist, Indiana, Kelly, Martin:  Where Art History Was Made   


Marla Hamburg Kennedy